If you were born in July, congratulations! The ruby, dubbed the king of precious gemstones, is the gem associated with your month. What makes this modern July birthstone so special? Keep reading to find out, and why you should include it in a custom jewelry piece!
The Coveted Ruby and Its Significance
There’s nothing quite like rubies, with their brilliant shades of red. It’s the red variety of the mineral known as corundum, deriving its brilliant red hue from the chromium element. Its name comes from the Latin word for “red,” which is ruber.
With a glow akin to fire, the ruby is associated with many unique cultural meanings. In ancient India, it was referred to as the “king of precious stones,” a title it maintains to this very day. It is a symbol of youthful energy and power, commanding respect.
Medieval Europeans believed that rubies brought the gift of wisdom, health, wealth, and success in romantic ventures. This July birthstone certainly hasn’t gone out of style, still viewed as symbolism for passion and protection.
How to Care for Your Precious Ruby Piece
Traditionally gifted for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries, this romantic gemstone makes an excellent jewelry piece for loved ones born in July. Whether you’re giving the gift of ruby jewelry to yourself or a July baby in your life, it’s important that you know how to care for it.
Ruby ranks as one of the hardest naturally occurring gemstones with a rating of nine in terms of Mohs Hardness Scale, trailing just behind diamonds. This makes it quite a sturdy gem.
Care is simple for this king of gemstones, requiring only warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Glass-filled or dyed stones, however, only need a gentle cleaning with a damp cloth. Other than these basic care instructions, all that’s required of you is to dazzle the world with your stunning ruby jewelry!
Interested In Your Own Modern July Birthstone Jewelry? Matthew’s Jewelers Can Help!
Our high-quality ruby pieces stun like no other, and we ensure that you receive the best of the best in your jewelry. To learn more about our selection of ruby jewelry or how to customize your own, contact us at 954-424-2120!